Thanks for this one! Love it! And naturally, this is Victorian era, seeing as that was a big time gloves/modesty time period. Hope you like! :D
Molly tugged impatiently at the satin material at her fingertips with jaw tightly clenched. She was absolutely suffocating.
And it wasn’t just the temperature in that dining hall.
She lay the cream colored gloves on the railing of the balcony and took deep breaths of the cool night air, trying to ease her mind and tell herself it would all be ok.
Thomas was fine, perfectly fine. He was a lovely man. And more than likely he’d be proposing any day. Surely this would be an excellent match. Yes, the conversation was a bit tedious and there seemed to be no spark, but Molly was no fool. Fairytales didn’t exist and it was silly to wait for a man who could turn her turn to a puddle with a single touch.
Molly sighed and slid her hands along the railing, enjoying the cool metal on her now bare fingers. Though her relaxation was short lived, seeing as she accidentally knocked her gloves over the edge and to the ground below…just as she heard a low voice behind her.
“Yes, it will always be like this.”
She whirled around to see Sherlock Holmes stepping onto the balcony, wearing a knowing smirk.
Ah yes. He was the other reason it was getting a bit warm inside.
“Always be like what?” Molly questioned as she laid her bare arms on the railing behind her back.
He chuckled while coming closer. “Oh Miss Hooper, you know who I am. Obviously you were standing out here questioning the course your life is currently taking. Wondering if things will always be quite this dull, and wondering whether you can bear to put up with it for the rest of your days. And there are things you question whether you can do without.”
She swallowed hard, her arms now the least of her worries. She felt a bit stripped down in more than one way now.
She’d spent enough time with Sherlock Holmes, the infamous detective, to decide that he was nothing short of intoxicating. Molly couldn’t get enough of him, and that frightened her more than a little. Especially given the fact that he usually seemed so aloof.
“A-and how can you claim to know my thoughts so very intimately, sir?” Molly questioned softly, though she was almost afraid to hear the answer. Was she so very transparent?
Sherlock stepped closer still, keeping eye contact as he slowly reached around her back to slide a hand over her bare arm, causing goose bumps to erupt all along her flesh, which she blushed to know he’d naturally feel beneath his fingertips. She couldn’t possibly look away, no matter how hard her heart was pounding and how difficult it seemed to get enough air.
He took her hand and gently pulled it out from behind her back to slowly bring it up to his lips, pressing a warm kiss to her smooth skin. As he removed his mouth, he spoke softly.
“Perhaps, Miss Hooper, I have simply recognized something in you…which I’d recently seen in myself.”
Molly felt her face heat to the boiling point when her gaze inadvertently fell upon his lips, thinking of how they’d just felt on her hand. And just when she saw his eyes slip to her lips as well…he unexpectedly stepped away and moved toward the door.
A crushing blow of disappointment washed over her and she began questioning whether this was some sort of cruel trick or game or-
“Miss Hooper, are you coming?”
Her gaze shot to his in confusion. “Pardon?”
“It occurs to me that no matter how fine a place Dr. and Mrs. Watson had chosen for their engagement dinner, your gloves should not be left in the grass behind this establishment. It seems only right that we briefly steal away to retrieve them from where they fell.” His lips lifted in a small but telling smile.
Molly’s lips bloomed in a smile to match his as she slowly crossed the balcony to take his arm so that they could quietly slip out the back way and into the moonlight. Granted, fairytales still didn’t exist, but nevertheless she was perfectly content. Because what did exist was true love.
Over the last few months, I’ve been noticing something.
I’ve been seeing writers who are less talented than others find more success.
At the same time, I’ve become more aware of talented writers, smart writers, or passionate writers who sort of drift away.
Since I left high school, I’ve come in contact with a lot of people who
dream of being writers. And over the years, I’ve seen many educated and
intense aspiring authors … just stop pursuing. Sometimes these are
people who have all the right personal qualities to succeed. They are
sharp, driven, dedicated, passionate, and they have critical thinking
skills. Sure, they may need more practice, but that comes with time.
Perhaps, though, it is because they are so intense and critical, they
stop believing they can succeed. They don’t think they can actually “make it.”
A few weeks ago, I was talking with a family member about the fact that
we as human beings often (and sometimes unknowingly) limit ourselves and
what we can accomplish. Mentally, almost silently, we think, I can’t do this,
and in just believing that, we cut short our abilities. The mental
energy we spend thinking about what we can’t do takes away from the
mental energy we could use simply pursuing what we want or need to do.
What’s strange is that over time, I’ve seen people who appear to lack a
skill or quality find more professional success than their peers. They
might win an award. Get a steady readership. Make more professional
sales than people of higher writing abilities. I don’t think this is
because the world has gone all topsy-turvy. I think it’s because these
people don’t limit themselves as much, in that way. Maybe they are blind
to their weaknesses, or maybe they aren’t. Whatever the case, they
don’t let those weaknesses hold them back. They don’t let fear of not
being good enough hold them back.
Lately I’ve been thinking about people I’ve met, in college, in
day-to-day life, wherever, and how some could be doing what they dreamed
of doing, if they simply pursued it a bit more carefreely as some of
the people I meet at writing conferences do. But they never gave
Of course, life happens, and priorities can happen. Everyone writes
differently and every writing career is different. I’m not saying we
need to run out of our houses and throw crappy first drafts out
everywhere. I’m just saying give yourself the permission to jump in. For
some, that might mean allowing yourself to begin taking writing
seriously–to take yourself serious as a writer. For others it
might mean finally submitting a story somewhere. For another, it might
mean allowing yourself to self-publish. For someone else it might mean
allowing yourself to write and enjoy writing.
On occasions, I have talked to instructors that say the most talented
people are the ones who are hardest on themselves. And it makes sense.
They have a strong eye for criticism. They expect a lot out of their
work. They demand a lot of themselves. And they don’t settle. In
contrast, the students who are less talented may be the ones who think
they deserve the highest marks in the class. This seems backwards, but
it’s often true. This second group ends up pursuing all kinds of
avenues, because they believe they deserve it, or simply because they
give themselves permission to. They are more likely to find success than
the talented person who never submitted, published, or shared anything.
Years ago, a family member and I used to repeat this observation to each
other. “Why is so-and-so a bad-a**? Because he thinks he’s a bad-a**.” The idea is that everyone who seems to act like they are awesome
and cool are simply that way because they believe they are.
In some sense, that same principle can be applied to other areas. Why is
that person a writer? Because she thinks she’s a writer. Why is that
person successful? Because he think he’s successful. There are limits to
how far this principle can extend, of course, and there are exceptions,
but in some ways, following it is like starting on training wheels. It
slashes down limits you’ve put on yourself. You are what you are because
you believe you are.
Now success might not mean the same thing to everyone. Success to one
person might be selling a lot of copies of her book. Success to another
person might be being able to write full-time, regardless of exposure.
It might be becoming the best current writer in that genre, even if the
genre has a small readership, like weird west fiction.
Ideally, we become the best of both groups of students mentioned
earlier. People in the first group may need to let themselves take a
chance to pursue. People in the second group may need to sharpen their
critical eye and dedication, because while they may already have found
success, that success will have a ceiling based on their talent.
Whatever kind of writer you hope to be, whether it’s a bestselling,
award-winning writer, or fierce fanfiction writer, decide today to give
yourself permission to pursue success.
i know two people with this combination and they are both very direct and not scared to confront a problem. very easy to get along with, they like to cater to your needs. gets attached to people very easily but try not to show it as much. deeply passionate and sentimental.
libra sun x scorpio moon
just wants to please everyone and wants everyone to be happy. feels deeply and very passionate about the things they love. has an eye for beauty. humorous and easy-going. always tries to cater to you. big heart willing to share love to everyone. has a seemingly large amount of layers, a soft aura but an intense core.
scorpio sun x cancer moon
very good at keeping a conversation. cynical humor. tough mask but sensitive sweetheart underneath. will be protective and possessive over you, cares deeply and isn’t afraid to say/do so even if they don’t know if the feeling will be reciprocated. trust is very important to them and they are loyal and committed. remembers a lot about you.
capricorn sun x aquarius moon
very misunderstood. the hardest worker and highly ambitious. opinionated and stubborn, sticks to their morals. loves to help and educate everyone around them. believes in progressing forward together. a loyal, laid-back friend you can just chill with.
pisces sun x pisces moon
biggest sweethearts. art lover. photography, books, music, paintings, etc all touch them very deeply. love hard and easily. agreeable and hard to dislike. wanderlusts and always stuck in a beautiful daydream. very pleasing to listen to. will always be by your side and is quick to forgive.
It wasn’t until seeing this front cover of the upcoming Steven Universe: Art and Origins book that I really noticed the parallels.
Connie’s back and hair remind me very much of the Blue Diamond mural. And yes, the parallels have been made by others many times, but when it comes to the relationship of Steven and Connie, I think this is how Pink and Blue Diamond were.
Pink brought something magical into Blue’s life and showed her the world around her. Much in the way Steven’s magic and kindness to Connie opened her up to many possibilities and her potential. Yet, Steven and Pink were “out of this world” or at the very least, estranged from their societal cultures.
Connie introduces books to Steven and shows him life void of crystal gems and magic. Being human. Likewise, Blue probably showed Pink the whole rundown of homeworld culture. When Steven doesn’t understand or is slow to learn about books, Connie is exasperated, but she continues to try.
I think Pink was Blue’s first close relationship. Where Yellow and perhaps White come off as sisterly or more parental and controlling, Pink was loose and free. She saw the world from an entirely different perspective.
Steven says in the “We are the Crystal Gems” extended song, “I will fight to be everything that everybody wants me to be when I’m grown,” can apply to Pink Diamond as well. While Steven will soon start to break out of this mold, Pink Diamond didn’t get to be who she wanted to be. She tried, but she knew she needed to be the Diamond they wanted her to be. This is where Pink fails and Steven will break out and succeed her.
So the relationship of Steven to Connie being the same as Pink to Blue Diamond is interesting and really shows just how close the two Diamonds were. Perhaps close enough for fusion.
Now headcanoning Priyanka as Yellow and Doug as White Diamond. Poor Trying-to-be-cool-with-the-kids White Diamond. Still upholding the rules and trying to make them look cool. Blue and Pink were crazy backseat drivers.
My sisters been sending your (amazingly) written metas, but I'm still confused as to what "Performance!Dean" is. Could you explain? ❤❤❤❤❤❤
Hi! Thank you!
Performing!Dean is a tag that many of us use to explain the way that Dean portrays himself to the outside world, suppressing parts of himself that he doesn’t think should be outwardly shown.
It’s a form of SUBLIMATION (a psychological term meaning to repress emotions / a part of oneself), a term which he actually uses in 12x05.
It’s a great example. The writers KNOW that we associate Dean’s love of pie with women / being comfortable / the home and family feeling, and cake with the repressed side of him (it is repeatedly used in this context, Dean really wanting it but never allowing himself to have it or just nibbling at the edges). It’s quite a famously known concept.
So… when Sam asks Dean if he wants pie and Dean says no, which basically never happens, when Sam then looks so DONE and starts talking about how Mary is gone and… (the implication being he is about to mention Cas being gone too)… then Dean says nope nope I am FINE and Sam FINALLY calls Dean out on it, saying “Dean, it’s called SUBLIMATION”.
And Dean finally relents and says “Yeah, its kinda my thing”. (And then later in the diner he is seen to have eaten a whole slice of cake in front of Sam and no-one makes a big deal out of it….)
WE ALL SCREAMED. DEAN ACTUALLY IN THE SCRIPT, OUT LOUD, HAS SAID THAT HE SUBLIMATES.
Because THIS is Dabb again taking what has been IN THE SCRIPT and in the show for 12 years and building on it, making it BLATANT. Because we are building to endgame now, SPN isn’t likely to last past season 13-14, so the character arcs that were set up in season 1 (and 4 for Cas) need to be tied up, so we, the audience NEED it to be made obvious when it has just been in the subtext. THAT IS WHY SO MUCH IS SO BLATANT THIS SEASON. Ie Performing!Dean, Destiel, Sam and the MoL story, Mary being the catalyst for Dean’s self acceptance arc and Sam’s self forgiveness arc around Lucifer (which I think will be much more blatant next season re: Jack as his mirror).
With Performing!Dean it started to be made a bit more obvious since Sam told Dean that he was ‘kind of butch’ and people probably thought he was ‘overcompensating’ in season 2 but it still stayed subtext, Dean checking out a few guys here and there, only really getting with women when he was having his ‘I’m going to go to Hell and need comfort’ or ‘Sam is dead, Cas left’ moments or since he met Cas, whenever Cas had left, making Dean feel crappy and rejected or had just DIED, using it as a coping mechanism, even blatantly role playing in season 9 after he feels so bad about kicking Cas out of the bunker etc to the point that in 12x18 it is so blatant that this is what it is about, they even have Dean saying outloud that he is settling for Sam’s omelette mere seconds after clearly having settled for the waitress because she wasn’t what he reallywanted on top of all the other give aways…
Anyway, it’s not just about his sexuality or feelings for Cas, there are many other aspects too, and those are the ones that are cemented in seasons 1-3. Most of these seem all to stem from John and if you see snippets from John’s journal it makes sense.
John says he is proud of Dean when he kills monsters, womanises, drinks etc etc. So guess what a young impressionable Dean learned was the best way to act in life?
Now, over the years bits have come out here and there. Every time we see Dean with a sexual partner he has been the submissive one, he is clearly an extremely giving lover and very caring. He is not a dude bro womaniser at heart, he cares for all the women he sleeps with enough to be kind and gentle with them, even the waitress in 12x18 who really he doesn’t REALLY CARE about, she’s just a coping mechanism, but he is still extremely sweet with her.
He drinks for years of course, he is a functioning alcoholic for most of the show, but lately he has switched to coffee… unless something really bad is going down. Like when we saw the empty bottle in his room in 12x19…
He listens to old rock music because it reminds him of his mom and dad, not because he is a real metal head. Yeah absolutely he loves it too I’m sure, but really it’s the emotional pull. And we haven’t heard him do so since 12x07. Just saying. He also admits to liking Taylor Swift in season 10, after firstly saying HELL NO, same with the cucumber water in 12x07. It’s not the music or the water or whatever as such, that is absolutely NOT what we are saying is making us feel Dean is bisexual or has a hidden side to himself, its the fact that he HIDES it first then admits to it afterwards, that is the essence of Performing!Dean.
When Sam drinks the cucumber water, no-one batted an eyelid, that means nothing to us, because Sam is super comfortable with who he is in THIS respect, even though he carries guilt etc, but that is another subject. But because Dean made a huge deal about how uncool and basically unmanly it was, after all we know of him over the years, THEN went and drank it anyway, saying “shut up” when Sam is like “seriously?!” THAT is where the Performing!Dean meta comes from. And Sam is the same as us, he doesn’t care if Dean is bi, or if he likes Taylor Swift or cucumber water or WHATEVER, what he DOES care about is the fact that Dean feels the need to hide it from him.
There are so many small points along the series that point to a lot of Dean’s persona being fake or exaggerated and how sometimes Sam knows and sometimes he doesn’t, it would be funny if it wasn’t tragic.
Deep down Dean Winchester is a soft, kind and generous soul who just wants to be loved and to help people.
WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SAW IN 12x11. THIS IS THE EXPOSITION EPISODE FOR PERFORMING!DEAN AND THE CORE OF THIS WHOLE SEASON BECAUSE THE WHOLE SEASON HAS BEEN ABOUT THIS, WHICH IS WHY 12x22 IS THE CHARACTER LED FINALE, BECAUSE IT IS WHERE THIS FINALLY COMES DOWN.
So yeah, the fact of the matter is that Performing!Dean has been there all along, since the PILOT, over the years it has been showed to us that it exists then some of the walls have started coming down. If anyone dares to tell me that Performing!Dean isn’t a thing (which I was told earlier this season, lmao) then I will kindly point them towards 12x11 and 12x22.
Also, let us not forget that even though 12x11 was mostly an exposition for Performing!Dean when he lost his memories, again harking back to the HEART is the person, NOT their memories theme of the season, we also were given the golden snippet that DEAN RODE LARRY BEFORE HE GOT WACKED WITH MAGIC. This is to show us that Dean’s walls are coming down this season. When Sam called him up on it in a way that seemed to be taking the piss, Dean, rather than attempt to deny or tell him to shut up actually embraced it and gloated about how GOOD he was at it. ATTA BOY DEAN!
With the resurrection of Mary and Dean’s near - complete death experience it seems that Dean got to the point in season 12 where he just didn’t want to hide from himself anymore and so let these walls down further, there were small snippets of this in nearly EVERY episode.
12x11 was the exposition for casual viewers to see this side of him more clearly (in the same way that 12x19 was for Dean and Cas’s clearly more than platonic relationship, which will not be built on with HUGE LEGO BRICKS since Cas died), and now with the grenade launcher as a metaphor, Dean literally blew down his walls in 12x22. The culmination of this story was his confrontation with Mary where he explains WHY he always had this facade, because he had a shitty childhood, had to be a parent to Sam and that it wasn’t FAIR and he didn’t cope with it well at all.
So. There we have it. Performing!Dean is REAL, it was there ALL ALONG, we were RIGHT in seeing it because it is confirmed in 12x11 and then addressedandto some extent dismantled in 12x22, and the meta idea that the grenade launcher is associated with Performing!Dean was ALSO used.
I don’t expect Dean to suddenly act completely differently now, he won’t, there are just some aspects of him that will be slightly more obvious or he won’t hide certain parts of himself. He still isn’t completely done with this, as Jensen himself said that there will be more of this to come in season 13…
I expect him to perhaps once or twice order a slice of cake or an ice cream sundae, to listen to the radio and not turn it over if a pop song comes on, to be more open with his feelings towards his family (and yeah, Destiel is a part of this for sure), a nice turn around but also not jarring, because it’s just a PART of Dean, not his whole self, a lot of what we see is really fully him, so it’s not that he is going to completely radically change!
Anyway, its all very exciting as the metaphorical death of Performing!Dean is just a part of what most of us see as a positive endgame for TFW and it is all looking pretty good so far :D
it’s really interesting seeing people who grew up in poverty and later became successful in life become the poster children of capitalism. because they have not just fully bought into but have personally lived that myth of: ‘if you can do it, anyone can do it’. those who don’t see themselves as exceptional and lucky people who succeeded against the odds, they see themselves as perfectly ordinary individuals who just ‘worked hard’ - unlike those other people begging for government handouts
and it’s a certain kind of tragedy seeing these people who have grown up in poverty end up with so little empathy and compassion for those who are still struggling. and to see this arrogant need to feel superior to others which lies underneath it all. because it’s easier to feel better about your own ‘accomplishments’ when you have the suffering of others to measure yourself against. ‘at least i’m not on welfare’ ‘at least i’m not homeless’ ‘at least i am a hard working person’ ‘at least i didn’t take the easy way out’
and there’s a certain truth to victims who fought their way to success under a certain system becoming the biggest proponents of that system. because the existence of that system makes them feel special about themselves for being the standout. because they have internalised enough of the lies to be accepted by their original oppressors as ‘one of them’ and become ‘worthy’ of succeeding. because they don’t think of questioning the myth when they themselves are living proofs that hard work = success.
because if you can blame the individual, that means it’s not the system that’s at fault, now is it?
Hey, can u do a tommy fic where y/n and Tommy are together. But y/n has to flirt with Cambell to get info and Tommy gets jealous when Cambell brags to him
Inspector - Tommy Shelby
The first time you heard Inspector Campbell’s name was not from Tommy. Arthur was talking to John about a new Inspector in town, a man who had hunted IRA members in Belfast and was now being dropped into Birmingham by Winston Churchill.
The second time you heard of him was when he came waltzing through the doors of the Garrison, not seeming to care that the facility was home to Blinders and their allies. You were behind the counter, getting yourself a glass of brandy because Harry was swamped with orders.
“That’s inspector Campbell,” Harry whispered, walking passed you.
I was feeling…well, I broke down the other day and it got worse when I realized the one person who I wanted to notice…didn’t. But others did. And that got me more emotional. But I’m better now, and I’m sorry to the people I did worry, who did notice me.
Summary: Sometimes Felix disappears without a word, and Bridgette’s the only one who notices.
No one really paid attention to Felix in the first place, so it was easy for him to skip classes, avoid going home.
His teachers missed his name during attendance, usually marked him present when they catch it later because “hey, that Agreste kid was there; he’s just quiet, is all” and he got high grades so who really cared what he did?
His father usually left reminders via email for him if something came up, too busy with his own work to check on him personally. The staff knew he didn’t eat much so it was no surprise if the meals they made were left untouched by the door of his room.
Honestly, Felix could disappear from the face of the earth completely and no one would notice.
Well, except for her. She noticed everything about him.
Bridgette remembered it was that time again; early spring when the skies were clear but weather still cool and windy. It was the same weather years ago, when she had learned her one and only friend had moved away without a single warning.
He disappeared every year, around this time, she learned. No one really noticed until she had asked a classmate the first year after seeing him again.
She figured it had something to do with his mom.
Bridgette knew she shouldn’t worry; he did this regularly and always returned, safe and sound, like nothing had ever happened. But the point was that she was worried, and she seemed to be the only one who was.
When was the last time someone really worried about him? Really noticed him? Perhaps there had been more, but they had all come and gone, and he thought he could disappear like usual.
But he forgot about his girlfriend.
Bridgette climbed up the rose trellis, just like had had shown her, and leaped over the wall, landing with a soft thud on the grass.
She let her feet lead her, and memory nudged her along the paths that he had brought her through.
“This had been our secret gateway, in a way.”
“You’re the first person, aside from me, to come here in a long time…”
“I think she would have liked me showing you this place.”
“I think…my mother would have liked you, Bridgette.”
Bridgette smiled softly as she sat down under the peach tree, reaching for his hand.
Felix shuddered at her touch, as if he hadn’t even noticed her approaching, and he immediately leaned his head against her shoulder.
“It’s okay to miss her, Felix,” she murmured, stroking his hair. “Just because things have changed…it doesn’t mean you’re unloved.”
“Not even my father noticed I was gone longer than usual,” he whispered. “Why are you always here for me, Bridgette? We got off to such a rocky start.”
“We did,” agreed Bridgette, tilting his head up slightly and pressing their foreheads together. “But look how far we’ve come. You don’t have to be alone anymore.” She closed her eyes. “You can open up to me too.”
With that, Felix broke down, burying his face in the crook of her neck, his muffled sobs filling the otherwise peaceful garden. She hummed softly in turn, stroking the small of his back and running her fingers through his hair.
“It’s okay, it’s okay,” she said softly. “I’ll always be here for you. If no one else, then me. You’re never alone, Felix.”
Sweet Home Sioux Falls Pt 4: Drunks Say the Darndest Things
Pairing: Dean x Reader, Reader x OC
Words: 7200ish (so much drama in one part)
Warnings: Manipulative Relationship, Swearing, Drinking, Fighting (More under the cut by the tags- don’t want to spoil!)
Summary: (Very loosely based off of Sweet Home Alabama) Years after you left your old life to start a new and “better” one in New York City, your now-fiance decides that it’s time to meet your father, Bobby Singer, which unfortunately avalanches into him meeting all your friends, family, and your not-so-ex-husband Dean Winchester.
A/N: Remember, guys, the timeline is all out of wack. Basically everyone’s alive and Dean never went to Purgatory. Also, the reader’s current relationship is based off of a manipulative relationship I was in. The attitude and thoughts the reader has after she fights with Patrick? Yeah, that’s not healthy. So if you can relate to her relationship, please please please step back and analyze yours. It may not be as happy and healthy as you think. Always here to talk, listen, and share my experience if anyone needs to hear it <3 Feedback is, as always, much appreciated!
You slammed the door to Patrick’s Prius shut and stared at the bar in front of you. The familiar rotting wood and crooked “Roadhouse” sign stared down at you almost menacingly. Nothing like standing face-to-face with a past you vowed to leave behind.
This was where you had your first beer, hung up your first hunting souvenir, and even where you held your wedding reception. How romantic.
You could almost clearly remember Dean kicking down the front door, both of you hammered and your dress slightly ripped from your groom being unable to keep his hands off you. You remember stumbling into Sam and him telling you he’s so glad he got the chance to call you his sister before everything went down. The night was full of cheerful somber, as everyone drank to ignore the fact that Sam was planning to fall headfirst into Hell’s pit in just a couple of days.
Sam had forced you and Dean to get hitched before his fated sacrifice arrived, begging to let him witness it and just have one last day with his family before it all ended for him.
After the day he fell into the pit, you and Dean drank yourself to the floor for months until finally setting up the apple pie life Sam had made you two promise to pursue. The civilian lifestyle only lasted half a year or so, ending right when a soulless Sam came strolling up to your doorstep.
Then you fought for his soul, Castiel betrayed the three of you, Leviathans poured into Earth, Sam went crazy, Castiel returned, the mother of monsters came to earth, you became…
Before you could think back to what changed you and Dean forever, a ring from your cellphone startled you from your thoughts.
You quickly pulled it from your pocket and smiled at your fiancé’s name lighting up your phone. You turned away from the inevitable confrontation in the bar and pressed the answer button.
Episode Review: ‘Fionna and Cake and Fionna‘ (S09E12)
Airdate: July 19, 2017
Story by: Adam Muto, Kent Osborne, Jack Pendarvis, Julia Pott, Aleks Sennwald
Storyboarded by: Hanna K. Nyström & Aleks Sennwald
Directed by: Elizabeth Ito (supervising), Sandra Lee (art)
We’re ready for the third episode of the week, and it’s a Fionna and Cake adventure. These outings have long been fan favorites, given that they often dabble in the outrageous and the silly. Unfortunately, this episode is the least entertaining of the bunch and struggles for a number of reasons. But first, let’s start with a recap.
At the start, Ice King is reading his newest Fionna and Cake novel to a crowd at the library when someone who claims to be the real Fionna shows up. She presents a video tape that includes one of her many adventures with Cake, which seems to confirm that she is indeed the genuine Fionna. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the person is an imposter, who merely faked being Fionna because she thought the Ice King had additional Fionna and Cake “episodes” on tape back in his kingdom. The imposter explains that the tape she herself owned had been recorded from a TV broadcast long time ago, suggesting that Fionna and Cake is a television program being transmitted somewhere within the Ooo-niverse.
I can appreciate a show getting meta, but
the reveal that Fionna and Cake is (seemingly just) an errant television broadcast
is rather unsatisfying.
While I’m sure there’s more to the story than that, the ending of
the episode does certainly suggest that someone or something is beaming these stories
into the crown (and therefore, the brain) of Ice King. It just seems
like a really weird twist for the show to pull, especially this close
to the show’s end. I always liked that Fionna and Cake were obviously
fictional embodiments of what Ice King considered to be his idealistic
lady friends. If it turns out they’re just the creation of some other
person, I will be disappointed. However, I’ll hold off judgement until
(or if) that time comes
Perhaps more disappointing than the strange resolution to this episode is the fact that its Fionna and Cake story—literally, the raison d'etre of these episodes—is not very interesting: Fionna and Cake secure a green sarcophagus which contains a mummy. It turns out that the mummy is really just the Queen of Ooo (voiced by Chelsea Peretti), who manages to steal some of their gold. Peretti is one of my favorite comedians, but she does not get much to do in this episode. This is a shame, as I think it would have been very interesting (and funny) if the show had dedicated an episode entirely towards the Queen of Ooo.
There are some really nice designs in this episode—Ghostshrimp’s spooky backgrounds, on display when Fionna and Cake first seize the sarcophagus, come to mind—but they can’t support the entirety of this episode by themselves.
With all of this said, if the series is able to make satisfying sense of this episode in the future, I am completely willing to walk back my criticism to some degree. When “Betty” first aired, for instance, I was rather disappointed with the blocking and conclusion. But now that I realize the episode really just set up future stories, I enjoy it much more. This is the problem with reviewing episodic series—you never know when an episode is going to make more sense down the road. At the same time, if an episode does not satisfy or make sense upon first viewing, that should tell you something about the execution.
Mushroom War Evidence:Faux-Fionna’s house is surrounded by and made up of pre-war junk.
Let’s talk about this on a more serious basis, not something that just comes up in a conversation. Perhaps if the two of you knew that the both of you would become something more, and knew that the two of you are going to stick together for a long time.
Wonho - I honestly wouldn’t doubt it if he got disappointed. The only things that could run through is head is things he would consider to be quite selfish of him. I mean, don’t you want a child that’s considered your own? Holding a baby that’s yours for the first time? There’s nothing against adopting a child, you’re giving someone an opportunity at life and having a family. But still… Eventually, he’ll understand that this is your choice and judgement on your own family. Although he isn’t a woman, he understands how hard it is to carry a child inside of them and the great amount of responsibilities that have to be given up in order to support a child. It’s not easy and he would ask his girlfriend if she’s sure that she wouldn’t want children and if she says yes, then he’ll respect her decision and won’t press any more with that.
Kihyun - Same with Wonho, Kihyun would be a little sad but the thought of adopting wouldn’t be so bad for him. You’d have to understand his want to raise a small family, and considering his actions toward children, I wouldn’t spend a second thought about Kihyun wanting a family of his own. He’d acknowledge the fact that she wouldn’t want kids, especially the responsibilities going into raising children. Kihyun wouldn’t want to push his girlfriend on anything, or insist the benefits of having children. He’ll understand his opinion and he’ll understand hers, and that’s that. Though, he isn’t going to let this be one-sided. As long as she’s not ignorant and doesn’t acknowledge his words, Kihyun is going to respect her judgement and keep his mouth shut.
Jooheon - Seeing how well Jooheon takes care of children, his girlfriend could see how well he would be as a father. Honestly, this member puts his all into taking care of others and it’s just a beautiful moment when he’s putting the little kids to sleep. You can’t not think that what he was doing was absolutely adorable. Speaking about children on a more serious term, Jooheon might not be that fazed hearing that she prefers not having children as she gets older. Sure, he’d like a family of his own, but just having one with you and everyone else he loves is perfectly fine, too. There’s not a lot to say with Jooheon because he’d understand (just like the other members) and just move on with life.
I.M - Although this boy is awkward with children, he has the potential to become a great father. Hearing that adoption could be a potential option for a family, I.M would love to know that she’s open minded at the very least. He’d like to know why she wouldn’t want to raise children and perhaps any concerns she’d have because responsibilities do play a major role in developing a family. I’m not sure if he does want to raise children considering he’s still young and he’s one of the members I have a tough time figuring out… Nonetheless, he’d be okay if she chose not to have children and I.M would just find the positives in doing so. It’s not the end of the world if the two decide not to raise a family of their own.
Status: Complete Word Count: 1.4K Category: One-shot, Ask, Friendship-Turns-To-More, Humor Rating: Teen & Up Character(s): Dean, Sam, You/Female O.C. Pairing(s): Sam x You/Female O.C. Warnings: None Author’s Note: Reader “Ask” is HERE. Overall Summary: Sometimes accidents *do* happen accidentally, but most of the time, turns out it’s Dean. Now you might lose something you’ve worked hard for - though when it comes to Sam, perhaps you’ll gain something more.
THE [ONCE] DEMON BARBER FROM ROBINTREE .
“Second thing I tried.”
“Wait, what was the first thing?”
“When Dean used two handfuls of a $40, six-ounce, brand-new tube of my conditioner.”
“Oh, shut up, Sam!” Dean exclaimed, and when he did, my head snapped to the side.
Because he was in a hand-talking mood. Because he was annoyed. And because his fingers were tangled in my hair.
So I jabbed my elbow behind me, but he dodged it and snickered.
Evasive Maneuvers (reader x Bucky) [Accidents Happen part 3]
Well, I guess 3 is a trilogy, any more makes a series, right? And there will be more, so perhaps I should come up with a name for the series besides “Accidents Happen series”? I’m open to suggestions. :)
Any who, here is part 3! It was a rough weekend full of family obligations and helping a friend move in the middle of the night so I’ve been up late tonight (Sunday) writing even though I work early tomorrow. Meh. I struggled a little more with this chapter. I had definitive scenes and funny/sexy lines I wanted to use but the transitions were harder. Phew. The last scene made me chuckle while I was writing it, though. Ha! Let me know what you think! :)